The town of St. Catherine (also spelled as St. Katherine) is famous for the Monastery of St. Katherine, built on the believed site of the Burning Bush at the foot of Mt. Sinai (Jebel Musa). This is the only site most people visit in the Sinai interior, so it can get crowded. The best way to avoid the crowds, at least on Mt. Sinai, is to go for the sunset instead of the sunrise and descend to town before total darkness sets in. Mt. Katherina is the highest mountain of Egypt, accessible via Wadi Arbain, and there are many other treks in the region.
Getting there and around
Main locations: 1. Visitor Centre; 2. The Golden Calf; 3. the Monastery of St. Katherine; 4. Mt. Sinai; 5. town center; 6. the Rock of Moses; and 7. the Monastery of the Forty Martyrs.
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Information about St. Katherine and the Sinai High Mountains Region – www.st-katherine.net
There are a few places in St. Catherine, ranging from international luxury hotels through mid-range hotels to simple camps. There are also a number of eco-lodges and nature retreats around town. >>> More info & our listing
Food and drinks
To climb Mt. Sinai you have to have a Bedouin guide from the Monastery. The rate is 115 LE and non-negotiable. There are a number of operators offering hiking and trekking in the region, as well as safaris to other destinations of Sinai. There are a few operators offering alternative programs.